Cayzer moves to round 3 on 'X Factor' Australia


Posted at Sep 04 2012 10:31 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2012 09:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Former Kapamilya talent, musician Chris Cayzer, made it past the group round of "The X Factor" Australia during the continuation of Super Boot Camp, which aired on Tuesday night.

Cayzer performed in a diverse group, which consisted of a 47-year-old female rocker and a 20-year-old theater performer. The group was given New Radical's "You Get What You Give" and was the first one to perform in the previous night's episode.

The judges were uniformly disappointed with the performance, with former Spice Girl, Mel B, saying, "That was uncomfortable to watch."

Ronan Keating said, "That was a disgrace."

Judge Guy Sebastian, who was the only one who didn't vote for Cayzer during the auditions, continued to be unimpressed by the Filipino-Australian.

"I didn't get Chris. There's a certain ceiling and Chris can't get past it. He doesn't have the X factor," Sebastian said during the judges' huddle after the group's performance.

But despite the negative comments, Cayzer was shown celebrating on Tuesday's episode as he made it through the next round.

Cayzer is shaping up to be among the early favorites on the show. Over the weekend, a video posted on YouTube showed him singing his audition song, Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," in a packed mall show with screaming fans at the Westfield Carindale Shopping Center in Queensland to promote the talent search. 

After the group performances, Cayzer and the remaining hopefuls will have to give to give a solo performance in front of a crowd of 1,000 people.

Cayzer now lives in Brisbane after spending six years in the Philippines, where he released two albums. His self-titled debut was produced by Nugen Music, a sub-label of Star Records.

He also appeared in "ASAP" and had a role in the Star Cinema movie "Close to You."

The singer-actor said he returned to Australia to be close to his family.